If you're new to Flower Mound, TX or other cities in North Dallas, Texas beware - it's a Jungle out there. Green means growing and Virginia Creeper is a Native Plant (lower left corner). The Botanical Name for this perennial is Parthenocissus. They are an annoying vine that grows in Summer and spreads like poison ivy and their leaves turn red in autumn. They will creep on the vine and hide around trees and bushes. They make great covers for snakes and birds alike. Birds will fly - snakes love to hide. Although they are not considered poisonous the sap on leaves can irritate highly sensitive skin. If you come in contact with it, don't rub your eyes with this invasive plant.
Virginia Creeper mingles well with Poison Ivy which is also very common and they look similar but there is a difference. Leaves of three Poison Ivy; leaves of five Creeper.
About midway on the left a Geiko Lizard looks on. It's eyes are bright blue. They are an interesting creature and causes no harm. Sometimes, if you're lucky you'll see them breathe as a sack (color red) suddenly puffs out under the mouth. Geikos are friends to homeowners because they eat bugs. Their proper name is insectivorous and omnivorous. It's best to leave them alone because like snakes, they may carry bacteria.
Another lizard very common all over Texas is the Spiny Lizard. They are harmless but I wouldn't attempt to try to capture one to find out what may happen. I see them frequently on trees or climbing bricks and/or outside walls. What I love best to observe in my garden are dragonflies. Here's a photo I took in the fall of 2017. We get a lot of different colored dragonflies and they are very intriguing.
Believe it or not, some snakes are good and very beneficial for you (not to eat, of course) but they mind their manners and live in harmony with nature. The good snakes may include rough green snake, hognose, Texas brown snake, black racer, garter, and kings snake (just to mention a few). The snakes you don't want to mess with in Texas include: coral snakes, copperheads, water moccasins, and yes! Rattlesnakes. Luckily for me, in 24 years I never saw a snake and the closest I got to thinking I was surrounded by snakes was shortly after I first moved from the Midwest to Texas. I spent my first year in an apartment that had automatic sprinklers come on during the middle of the night. I sat on my bed armed and ready only to discover it was just the irrigation system.
The other thing to beware of are temperatures. The weather can be hot in summer. Right now at 9:00 a.m. it's a pleasant 84 degrees. Temps are expected to reach a high 94 with lower temperatures by nightfall dropping down to a cool 76. For the remainder of the week we can expect a steady 96 degrees give or take a few degrees.
In sum, it may seem like a jungle out there, but nearly everyone has air conditioning in their homes, cars, stores, and indoor places open to the public. If you like the color green and want to live in harmony with nature, I would love to be your REALTOR® and if you ask me what bugs me or what I love best about Texas, I will be honest.